WHY RENEWABLE ENERGY CANNOT REPLACE FOSSIL FUELS BY 2050

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News of the day claims the world is shifting off fossil fuels and Canada is being left behind. Nothing could be further from the truth. Energy economist Robert Lyman deconstructs the extreme costs and challenges of attempting to actualize the so-called “WWS – Wind Water Sunlight – vision of renewable energy.  Renewable NOT doable.

WHY RENEWABLE ENERGY CANNOT REPLACE FOSSIL FUELS BY 2050 May 30 2016 FINAL w comparison

A Reality Check

Contributed by Robert Lyman @ May 2016

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Humanity is owed a serious investigation of how we have gone so far with the decarbonization project without a serious challenge in terms of engineering reality.

Michael Kelly, Prof. Electrical Engineering, Cambridge

A number of environmental groups in Canada and other countries have recently endorsed the “100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water and Sunlight (WWS)” vision articulated in reports written by Mark Jacobson, Mark Delucci and others. This vision seeks…

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Paul Douglas’ Claims Don’t Stand Up To Scrutiny

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2016/may/27/meteorologists-are-seeing-global-warmings-effect-on-the-weather

I return to that piece in the Guardian last week, in which US meteorologist claims that he can see global warming’s effect on weather.

It is sometimes useful to look at things at the local level. Douglas, who lives in Minneapolis, claims that rainfall rates are increasing there and that flooding is worse.

If we look at the NOAA precipitation chart for Minnesota, we can see rainfall does appear to have increased in the last few decades.

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Australia Accused of Manipulating a UN Climate Report

Watts Up With That?

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Australia has been repeated accused over the last few weeks, of successfully lobbying UNESCO to drop mention of the Great Barrier Reef from a climate report. My question – if a relatively minor world player like Australia can manipulate the content of a UNESCO climate report, what does this say about the scientific integrity of other UN bureaucracies, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?

Every reference to Australia was scrubbed from the final version of a major UN report on climate change after the Australian government intervened, objecting that the information could harm tourism.

Guardian Australia can reveal the report “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate”, which Unesco jointly published with the United Nations environment program and the Union of Concerned Scientists on Friday, initially had a key chapter on the Great…

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More Of The Usual Hype About Arctic Ice

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2016/03/another-record-low-for-arctic-sea-ice-maximum-winter-extent/

NSIDC has provisionally announced that Arctic sea ice extent has recorded the lowest maximum in the satellite record.

This has naturally set the media off ringing alarm bells, like this silly one from Climate Home, “Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest winter extent in recorded history”

The reality is much more boring. According to NSIDC themselves, maximum extent this year has dropped from 5.612 to 5.607 million sq miles since last year. Such a small amount must be well within the margin of error, although these are not published.

Far from collapsing, Arctic sea ice area has been remarkably stable in the last decade.

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http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.arctic.png

And with multi year ice continuing to recover from 2008 lows, ice volume has also been growing in the last few years.

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http://psc.apl.uw.edu/research/projects/arctic-sea-ice-volume-anomaly/

But it is no longer a case of science, when Ted Scambos, lead scientist at…

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Inconvenient study: Methane seepage from the Arctic seabed has been occurring for millions of years

Watts Up With That?

Despite the ever present wailing from green activists that we are sitting on a “methane catastrophe”, it’s simply business as usual for Earth in the Arctic. Even Dr. Gavin Schmidt of NASA GISS thinks the issue is “implausible”. This study further confirms that the issue is just another emotional overblown green issue of no merit.

Methane seepage from the Arctic seabed occurring for millions of years

From the Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate and Environment

Methane gas flares, up to 800 meters high, rise from the Arctic Ocean floor. That is the size of the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Golden Gate Bridge becomes a miniature, in this visual comparison. Video illustration: Aleksei Portnov, phd. Methane gas flares, up to 800 meters high, rise from the Arctic Ocean floor. That is the size of the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Golden Gate Bridge becomes a miniature, in this visual comparison. Video illustration: Aleksei Portnov, phd.

We worry about greenhouse gas methane. Its lifetime in the atmosphere is much shorter than CO2´s, but the impact of methane on climate change is over 20 times greater…

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Abiotic methane discovered under the Arctic Ocean

Watts Up With That?

abiotic-methane Ultra-slow spreading ocean ridges were discovered in the Arctic in 2003 by scientists at Woods Hole Ocenographic Institution. They found that for large regions the sea floor splits apart by pulling up solid rock from deep within the earth. These rocks, known as peridotites (after the gemstone peridot) come from the deep layer of the earth known as the mantle. Credit Dr. Henry J.B. Dick, WHOI / nsf.gov

From CAGE – Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate and Environment

New source of methane discovered in the Arctic Ocean

Methane, a highly effective greenhouse gas, is usually produced by decomposition of organic material, a complex process involving bacteria and microbes.

But there is another type of methane that can appear under specific circumstances: Abiotic methane is formed by chemical reactions in the oceanic crust beneath the seafloor.

New findings show that deep water gas hydrates, icy substances in the sediments that…

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